art and medicine

Combining Art and Medicine

I love the look and feel of old medical textbooks.  Their authorative aura was often enhanced by leather binding. They harken back to a time before the internet, when medical knowledge was priveliged information available to only a few. When I transformed this old medical textbook

  16.07.2017

Views of a Lost Manhattan Landmark

I was saddened by the blaze that destroyed Beth Medrash Hagadol, the 167 year old landmarked synagogue on the Lower East Side.  The building was not in use since 2007, and I photographed this structure when it had an active congregation in 1987.  When I heard

  4.07.2017

An Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital in Tuscany

Tuscany is an enchanting place filled with scenic beauty, but beneath the surface there is dark history. On a recent painting trip to Italy I had the opportunity to tour an abandoned psychiatric hospital in the town of Volterra. In the late 19th Century when it

  18.06.2017

New Year’s Day Sketching the Q Train Inaugural Ride

New Year’s Day was a rare opportunity to participate in the opening of a new subway station.  The Q line now starts at 96th Street and stops at 86th Street and 72nd – all new stations – before heading toward Coney Island.  After years of construction

  1.01.2017
  Travel

Capturing the Bolivian Sunlight in Watercolor

There is nothing like the dazzling sunlight in the Bolivian Highlands.  At 12,000 feet the bustling city of La Paz and the amazing Lake Titicaca have a crisp atmosphere that brightens colors like I’ve never seen.  This post presents a selection of my sketches and watercolors,

  10.12.2016

Subway Inspiration

Recently I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying my sketchbooks onto the subway.  More crowded than ever, the NY subway is an endless kaleidoscope of people, fashion, and color.  This post presents some of my favorite work based on scenes in and around the subway.  Some

  18.09.2016

Speaking of Art and Aging at MOMA

It was my pleasure and honor to speak today at the Museum of Modern Art in a lecture entitled “Picturing Aging: The View From a Geriatrician.”  The talk presented my portfolio of images of aging, and discussed the relationship between art and growing old.  It was

  23.05.2016

Diversity and Strength of Aging on the Covers of The Gerontologist

Looking back at my published work on the covers of The Gerontologist, two underlying themes are diversity and strength in old age. Any student of aging knows that the older population is more diverse than ever, with differences expressed in color, culture, identity, social standing, educational

  1.05.2016

Music and Art on the Covers of The Gerontologist

A recent cover of The Gerontologist features a musician at the local Octoberfest, a yearly block party that celebrates the German immigrant heritage of my neighborhood in Manhattan that is now only a memory. TG is the flagship journal of the Gerontological Society of America, the

  9.04.2016

Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine has authored numerous articles on topics related to healthcare of the elderly. These include medical history, prevention and treatment of chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, elder neglect and abuse, and physical restraints. He has also edited a book on legal and regulatory aspects of nursing homes.